A 2012 relocation to the Central West End from Tucson, AZ, led me to Solar Yoga. The variety of classes, levels, volunteer teachers and non-profit status greatly appealed to me. Four years later, I continue my multi weekly practice at the first yoga studio in STL.

Even after a move to STL County 18 months ago, I am still a dedicated member of this great community resource.

Bart, 2016

Initially I came to the yoga center in the late 80’s, because a friend recommended it, and because it was nearby. I attended inconsistently for some time due to the demands of having small children at home. My 25 year association with the yoga center is in part because of the interactions with the teachers and with other students. I like that I’ve gotten to know others; and that there are “regulars” at each class. Just knowing that someone will notice if I’m there, or not, motivates me to attend. I also like the integration of different aspects of yoga and exposures to yoga philosophy.

Linda, 2016

I was looking for a regular yoga class that offered a slower paced yet challenging practice and also with some solid technique. Solar Yoga Center is within walking distance of my home and offers classes when it is convenient for me to attend. Everything I needed!!
I started taking classes in 2007 on Wednesday evenings and have continued pretty consistently with that class. The new Yin class that started last year on Saturday morning was a great addition so now I am doing two classes a week. I find both of these classes to be essential to how I feel and how I proceed through this “old age” thing.

Karen, 2016

In 2003 when a friend suggested I might like yoga, I decided to try the classes at Solar Yoga. I’d noticed their sign from Forest Park Parkway ever since I moved to U. City in the 1970’s. The instructors were kind, careful and knowledgeable. I was very surprised to find they were volunteers. Class members, some who had been coming for years, welcomed newcomers such as me, with no experience. Classes began with psychophysical exercises. After a break for anyone who wanted to shower and change into “yoga whites,” yoga poses took the second hour of the class.

Increased work load and eldercare took over the time I had for classes, and there was a gap of several years before I had time for yoga again. When I returned, it was a ‘Cheers’ experience. Teachers and class members still knew me, offered friendly greetings, and didn’t ask for excuses. Now, there is more variety in classes offered, and I discovered exactly what I needed to help me recover from a frozen shoulder and regain good posture in YogAlign classes with an instructor who has an amazing amount of knowledge and a passion for what she is doing to help class members achieve her and our goals.

Jo Ellen, 2016

Solar Yoga is pleased to welcome Grace Fitter to our roster of teachers. Some of you may already know Grace as she has been substituting recently at the Saturday morning class. Grace began practicing yoga in 2015 as a way to relieve lower back pain and improve flexibility. Her practice was inconsistent for several years until the fall of 2018 when she dropped in to one of Monica’s Friday night classes at the Solar Yoga Center. She became a member of the Center, and it was through developing a consistent practice there that she decided to complete a 200 hour teacher-training program through YogaBuzz, a 501c(3) non-profit in St. Louis that is committed to sharing accessible yoga with all people in the St. Louis community through supporting programs that are trauma-informed and accessible at varying costs. Grace brings compassion, warmth, and a welcoming energy to her classes, where she aims to create a place for everybody and every body to comfortably explore a variety of poses. Check out Grace’s Sunday class starting March 1st, 1:30-3:00pm.




that has a beginning has an ending

make your peace with this

and all will be well…

Buddha’s Little Instruction Book. Jack Kornfield